South West Outdoor Festival 2020 FAQs

A great way to see the coast from a paddle board

Here are the answers to some of the common questions about the South West Outdoor Festival, which is taking place at Golden Cap from 18-20 September 2020.

What is the South West Outdoor Festival?

SWOF is a celebration of outdoor activities, adventures, pursuits and pastimes – plus fine food, great music and inspirational speakers – that takes place every year at a different wild site around the South West. Festival goers can camp for whole weekend or visit for the day, taking part in as many events as tickle their fancy. Activities range from trail running and mountain bike challenges through to small group-guided adventures such as kayaking and climbing. There’s also plenty of action happening on site, where people can experience everything from axe throwing to yoga, campfire cooking, barefoot walking, wild food foraging and stargazing.     

What’s included in my ticket price?

All weekend and day tickets include free parking, festival entry, entertainment (live bands and speakers), most on-site walk-up activities (eg bushcraft and star gazing), and experiences such as guided walks (space permitting). People who purchase weekend tickets get all of the above, all weekend long, plus a camping, glamping or campervan spot for two nights (Friday and Saturday night) – BYO tent/van unless you’re glamping, in which case everything is supplied except a sleeping bag.

What do I need to pay extra for?

People who want to take part in one of the trail running races or cycling challenges that take place across the weekend will need to pay an entry fee for those events. Likewise, participants in most small-group guided adventures – such as kayaking, canoeing and climbing – will need to sign up and pay for the sessions they want to join. 

When and where is the festival?

The 2020 South West Outdoor Festival will take place over the weekend of 18-20 September at Golden Cap on the West Dorset Jurassic Coast. 

When does it start and finish?

The festival begins on the evening of Friday 18 September from 4pm, and comes to an end on the evening of Sunday 20 September, at 6pm. . 

Is anything happening during the day on Friday?

Yes, Friday is the community day when local community groups (schools, scouts, guides, DofE etc) will be invited on to site to take part in activities. If you are involved with any such groups and would like to get involved, please contact us.

Is the festival suitable for kids?

Yes, the entire event is very child friendly and there will be many activities that people of all ages can participate in. Please be mindful that the site will be busy and small children need to be under the supervision of a responsible adult at all times.

Children 5 to 17 years must purchase a child camping or child day entry ticket (unless glamping). Under 5s go free. 

Is there disabled access at the festival?

We are aiming to make the majority of the event as accessible to as many people as possible – please check back here for additional details. 

What is the admission policy for disabled people that require a carer?

There are no concessions but if you require additional support, free admission is given to an essential companion or carer. 

Can I volunteer at SWOF?

Yes. Please do. The National Trust has a strong volunteer program in place, and many of the Trust's supporters will be helping out with the event - to find out more about this, please contact us here. If you have any festival-specific ideas or suggestions about how you could get involved in the event, please contact us here.

Can I bring my own food and drink?

Yes, you are welcome to bring your own supplies of food and drink, but there will also be outlets where you can purchase good, healthy food and equally good – but perhaps not so healthy – alcohol. We do not permit any BYO alcohol to be brought into the main festival site - the festival bar has a wide range of drinks, including local ales and ciders.

Where is the campsite?

The camping, glamping and campervan zones are directly adjacent to the festival hub - no more than a 5-minute wander away.

When can campers arrive?

We encourage all weekend visitors to arrive as early as possible on the Friday afternoon after 4pm, to make the most of the event.

What size are the pitches?

While camping spots do not come in specific sizes, we have allowed ample room for everyone. However, please be reasonable and don't come with a marquee-sized tent / massive Winnebago campervan with multiple awnings.

Can I park next to my tent?

No, for safety reasons we’re keeping vehicles and tents apart, but the distance from the campers’ car park to the camping area is very short, and we will supply wheelbarrows.  

Are there showers on site?

Yes, we will provide warm showers for use by weekend visitors.

Are electric hook-ups available?

Sorry, no. But you won't need them because you'll be out doing something exciting.

Are dogs allowed at the festival?

Yes, but only if they are very well behaved and under control at all times. Please carry sufficient bags to clean up after your dog. Please note there are no dogs permitted in the glamping tents.

Can I refund or exchange my tickets?

Please refer to the Terms and Conditions

Festival Terms and Conditions

Please click here for a full list of Terms and Conditions.